16 Easy Ways To Make The Most of Student Life
University life can be overwhelming, especially when you’re new and experiencing it for the first time. There is so much that is available to you but it can take a while to find out everything that your university has to offer.
Being a university student is, for most people, a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, how can you make sure that you really get the most out of your time as a student?
1. Look into joining some societies.
Societies are the first thing that people think about when they start university and rightly so as they’re a big part of university life. They’re a great way to meet people with similar interests or beliefs as yourself, and to socialise in all kinds of ways from club nights to board game evenings and everything in-between.
2. And think about getting a part-time job.
Universities often have jobs available for their current students. Working on campus means you don’t need to spend anything extra travelling to work, and there are loads of different opportunities to choose from. What’s not to love?
3. Make the most of the library.
The university library will be absolutely crammed full with books to help with your studies. There are books out there for everyone about literally anything. All you need to do is explore. Make the library your friend.
4. Check out the SU.
The Students’ Union are there to help you make the most of your time at university. Not only can they help you with any issues you might be having, but they also offer loads of great events like gigs and club nights.
I tell you what, your students union will be your best friend at uni
— Sarah Wilkinson (@sarahmwilkinson) February 27, 2017
5. Get a Student Discount card.
Because who doesn’t like saving money? You can get one from your student’s union for a small price and you are likely to save more than you spent.
6. Let yourself go from time to time.
There will be a LOADS of events happening at university and it is important to relax as well as to study. Plus, celebs will often be organised to make special appearances.
7. Read beyond the required reading list.
It might sound dull, but wouldn’t a first class degree be worth that extra bit of effort? Doing extra reading will allow you to demonstrate extra knowledge not gained in class, and using this in essays is bound to earn a few extra marks.
8. Research your future career path.
When you leave university, you’ll be thrown into the deep end of the real world. A bit of online research, or a visit to the careers centre may help this feel less scary as you’ll have a rough idea of what to do when you leave and start thinking about a career.
9. Ask for help with your CV.
Careers are an amazing team that will look at your CV and help you to make it perfect for the jobs that you’re applying for. They can also prep you for interviews and all kinds of application processes. Best of all, these services are free!
10. Go to careers fairs.
They’re a great chance to make contacts, hand out CVs and learn more about the application processes for your potential career path. A no brainer really.
11. Hand in drafts of work.
Handing in early drafts of your work gives your tutor chance to give you that valuable feedback that could be the difference between grade boundaries. It also gives you a rough idea of where your work is heading, so results day won’t be as much of a surprise.
12. Write for your uni magazine or newspaper.
It might not be paid, but it will give you work and writing experience that you can use to sell yourself after university. While you have the chance, make the most of what you enjoy doing and get some writing experience to show off to future employers.
13. Join one of the sports teams.
Most university sports teams will offer taster sessions at the start of each semester, so it’s worthwhile just going to see if something is up your street. The teams will have regular competitions, matches and social events- and these are great ways to meet people outside of your course.
14. Go to the university shop.
This is the one place on campus to buy everything from hoodies to pencil sharpeners with your uni’s logo on. A student-loan day treat, maybe?
15. Explore your local area.
Make the most of the area surrounding your university while you still can. It’s likely there’ll be some great restaurants, bars, shopping and gig venues, and maybe even some fantastic views. This will be fun and will be a way to get out of university and get away from studying for a little bit and have fun.
16. Most importantly, enjoy it.
It’ll be over before you know it, so get everything you can out of your time at uni.
tonight is going to be so emotional, I never want uni to end 😔 best three years of my life
— Kassia (@kassiazcb) June 18, 2017